US Open Winners and Runner-Ups (Male) – from 1999-1990

Pete Sampras, US Open Winners and Runner-Ups Male, from 1999-1990

The golden era from 1999-1990 belongs to United States’ tennis players, when one of the greatest tennis player Pete Sampras won the title four times in that period, while another great name, Andre Agassi winning the title twice. Stefan Edberg, Swedish tennis player also showed impressive performance by winning the title twice in that time period. The list of male winners and runner-ups of U.S Open tennis championship during 1999-1990 is as follow:

Year 1999-U.S Open Tennis

  • U.S Open winner (male)-1999: Andre Agassi
  • U.S Open runner-up (male)-1999: Todd Martin

Year 1998-U.S Open Tennis

  • U.S Open winner (male)-1998: Patrick Rafter
  • U.S Open runner-up (male)-1998: Mark Philippoussis

Year 1997-U.S Open Tennis

  • U.S Open winner (male)-1997: Patrick Rafter
  • U.S Open runner-up (male)-1997: Greg Rusedski

Year 1996-U.S Open Tennis

  • U.S Open winner (male)-1996: Pete Sampras
  • U.S Open runner-up (male)-1996: Michael Chang

Year 1995-U.S Open Tennis

  • U.S Open winner (male)-1995: Pete Sampras
  • U.S Open runner-up (male)-1995: Andre Agassi

Year 1994-U.S Open Tennis

  • U.S Open winner (male)-1994: Andre Agassi
  • U.S Open runner-up (male)-1994: Michael Stitch

Year 1993-U.S Open Tennis

  • U.S Open winner (male)-1993: Pete Sampras
  • U.S Open runner-up (male)-1993: Cedric Pioline

Year 1992-U.S Open Tennis

  • U.S Open winner (male)-1992: Stefan Edberg
  • U.S Open runner-up (male)-1992: Pete Sampras

Year 1991-U.S Open Tennis

  • U.S Open winner (male)-1991: Stefan Edberg
  • U.S Open runner-up (male)-1991: Jim Courier

Year 1990-U.S Open Tennis

  • U.S Open winner (male)-1990: Pete Sampras
  • U.S Open runner-up (male)-1990: Andre Agassi

Greatest tennis rivalries: Boris Becker vs. Stefan Edberg

Greatest tennis rivalries: Boris Becker vs. Stefan Edberg

One of the most interesting but underrated rivalry was between Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg. They both were serve and volley players but were opposite in their temperament on the courts. Becker stormed into the world of tennis by being the youngest Wimbledon champion and had a extraordinary serve along with powerful backhand and superb running forehand. He was an entertainer on the court whereas Stefan was a reserved and delicate tennis player and hardly showed any such outrageous emotions on the court. Edberg excelled at playing volleys and had huge kick serve. Due to calm temperament, Edberg showed great sportsmanship and ‘Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award’ is a testimony to it.

Head-to-head match stats of 35 times of German tennis player Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg has made their rivalry visible to the world of tennis. Becker led the table 25-10 while on the other hand Edberg won three out of four meetings in the biggest test of Grand Slams. Both of them had won the career Grand Slam titles six times each, with both failing short to win the French Open. Also both the players have won the Australian Open two times each, showing rivalry more precisely in terms of title winnings. Here is some general information about the two players:

Edberg

Becker

Date of Birth:

January 19, 1966

November 22, 1967

Country:

Sweden

Germany

Height:

6′ 2″

6 ft 3 inch

Career Singles Titles:

42

49

Career Doubles Titles:

18

15

Career Prize Money:

$20 million

$25 million

Career record (singles):

806-270

713-214

Highest ranking (singles):

1

1

 

 

Career statistics of famous tennis player Boris Becker:

Career statistics of famous tennis player Stefan Edberg:

 

 

The greatest tennis rivalries: Stefan Edberg vs Pete Sampras

The greatest tennis rivalries: Stefan Edberg vs Pete Sampras

The United States and Swedish tennis got stuck in a strong rivalry at the time of Pete Sampras and Stefan Edberg. Their rivalry ended 8 -6 to Sampras showing a crucial contest between them. Having won the Wimbledon tennis record seven times, gives Sampras a leading edge on Edberg. On the other hand Edberg has won this title twice. Although the Grand Slam titles of Edberg and Sampras show no rivalry but Edberg was known to contest till the end, giving hard time to his opponents. This made Sampras vs Edberg matches very interesting, thrilling and entertaining for the audiences.  Both were able to attain the highest ranking, No. 1 on the ATP rankings, with their convincing game. 

One commonality among both these players is their inability to win the French pen title. Both of them failed to win the French Open once. Famous male tennis player Edberg has the honor of being World No 1 in both singles and doubles making him one of the two men in history of tennis. Sampras however could not attain the No. 1 ranking in the doubles as he was pretty much focused on the Singles titles. 

 

Edberg

Sampras
Date of Birth:

January 19, 1966

August 12, 1971

Country:

Sweden

United States

Height:

6′ 2″

6 ft 1 inch

Career Singles Titles:

42

64

Career Doubles Titles:

18

2

Career Prize Money:

$20 million

$43 million

Career record (singles):

806-270

762-222

Highest ranking (singles):

1

1

 

Stefan Edberg’s career statistics:

 

Pete Sampra’s career statistics:

Stefan with his absolutely impeccable play was able to make his mark in the history of tennis. His rivalry against Sampras is still remembered among the tennis fans.

 

Interesting and fun facts of French Open tennis tournament

Interesting and fun facts of French Open tennis tournament

French Open or Roland Garros is one of the biggest tennis tournaments and is the only one to be played on clay court. Roland Garros is the name given to stadium after Roland Garros, who was the aviation pioneer and was the first to fly Mediterranean. Some of the interesting facts related to Roland Garros or French Open tennis tournament are:

1)      The French Open tennis tournament is 110 years old. The first Roland Garros tournament took place in 1891 as a national championship and got the international status in year 1925.

2)      Born Borg has won the French Open tennis tournament championship for men’s single a record six times.

3)      Suzanne Lenglen in 1926 won the women’s French Open title in 27 minutes.

4)      Althea Gibson, an American player was the first black tennis player to win the French Open in year 1956.

5)      In the final match of 1966, Istvan agreed to delay the match for 24 hours so that Tony Roche would get over his ankle injury. This agreement on Istvan’s part however allowed Tony to win the title.

6)      As of 2006, the last six men’s Roland Garros tournaments were won by the tennis players who won no other grand slams.

7)      Michael Chang became the youngest French Open tennis champion when he defeated Stefan Edberg 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 at the age of 17 years, 3 months in 1989.

8)      Monica Seles is the youngest women to have won French Open tennis championship when she defeated Steffi Graf 7-6, 6-4 at the age of 16 years 6 months.

Monica Seles also holds the record. tied with Henin to win the French Open consecutively for three years.

 

Top ten male tennis players with the most Australian Open titles

Federer, Agassi, Top ten male tennis players with the most Australian Open titles

The famous Melbourne Park in Australia arranges the Australian Open event every year in the closing weeks of January. Since 1988, the Australian Open has been played on hard courts. One of the most prominent features of Australian Open is the retractable roof in the two main courts of the Hisense Arena and Rod Laver Arena. The Australian open has been a stage to greatest tennis players who have set records in this grand slam. Not every tennis player enjoys success on hard court, especially players who are masters of the clay surface. Sampras, famous for numerous records, wasn’t able to show his convincing skills on the hard court of Australian Open which definitely showed his limitation. However American Agassi and Swiss Federer with their 4 Australian Open titles depicted their excellent grip on hard court as well. 

The top ten best male tennis players with the most Australian Open titles are as follows:

1)      Kenneth Robert Rosewall

2)      Roy Stanley Emerson

3)      Mats Wilander

4)      Andre Agassi

5)      Roger Federer

6)      Rafael Nadal

7)      Rod Laver

8)      Stefan Edberg

9)      Jim Courier

10)   Ivan Lendl

These best tennis players have been successful in winning the most titles in the Australian Open.  Among these stars, Roy Emerson is leading with his record of six Australian Open titles, which is still to be conquered by second-leading tennis star Roger Federer with four Australian Open titles. Stefan Edberg and Jim Courier were famous for their hard court performances and managed to win the Australian grand slam too. However, Roy is the only name that has been successfully ruled the Australian Open championship. 

Top ten female who won most titles in tennis-All time

by on December 10, 2010
in Record Holders

 

Top ten female who won most titles in tennis-All time, Arantxa Sánchez Vicario

Winning a title marks the victory of the players and in most cases are the steps to reach out to the next level of playing. There are greatest female tennis players who have crossed this line and have reached better and unreachable heights in tennis by winning record number of titles. The list given below comprises of the top ten best female tennis players who have accomplished the most and unreachable position by gaining the most number of titles in their career stint in tennis.  These greatest female tennis players have won the championship in different backgrounds and are considered to be some of the most flexible players of all time. The Single’s tournament in tennis is definitely a tough thing to win but there are few women who have had a continuous wins. The Grand Slam titles are comprised of four major tournaments in tennis. The French Open, the Australian Open, the US Open and the Wimbledon Women Championship games. Some of the best female tennis players who won the most tennis Grand Slam titles are:

  1. Martina Navratilova
  2. Billie Jean King
  3. Chris Evert
  4. Margaret Court
  5. Pam Shriver
  6. Steffi Graf
  7. Jana Novotná
  8. Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
  9. Lindsay Davenport
  10. Natasha Zvereva

These perfect professional tennis female players have proved their spirit by winning in the different surfaces of the courts that includes the clay, grass and the hard courts. It is vital that a tennis player should hone his play according to the necessities of these different kinds of court surfaces. Each court requires an altogether different approach and winning the titles in all classes is only proof of the flexibility of these players. These women have diplomatically managed the game and have taken the tennis world to a better level with their unique style. These ten are the astounding women in tennis.

Famous male tennis players: Stefan Edberg

Famous male tennis players: Stefan Edberg

Famous Swedish male tennis player Stefan Edberg began his professional tennis career in the junior’s circuit. He won all four junior Grand Slam tournament titles in 1983 to become the first to ever accomplish a “Junior Grand Slam”. By 1984, Edberg was his first top-level men’s singles competition in Milan. He also won in the 1984 Olympic, but received no medals as in that year as the sport was only an “exhibition”.

Stefan Edberg took home his first Grand Slam at the Australian Open. First, he beat one of the greatest tennis players, Mats Wilander to win in 1985 and then, in 1987, he defended his title with a win over Pat Cash on the grass courts. That was the last year for grass at the Australian Open. Then, in 1988, Edberg reached the first of what would be three consecutive Wimbledon men’s finals. There he met best ever tennis player, Boris Becker for the first time on the grass courts and won. The next year, Becker would win and in their third and final meeting, in 1990, Edberg battled back to beat Becker in a five set match. The French Open was the only Grand Slam event that denied Edberg a victory, and prevented him from taking home a “senior” Grand Slam to go with this Junior’s title. His last Grand Slam singles appearances were at the Australian open, a tournament where he’d once enjoyed tremendous success, in both 1992 and 1993.

Stefan Edberg played a fast-paced, hard-driving style of tennis and his game was best suited to fast-playing surfaces. Of his six Grand Slam titles, Stefan Edberg won four on grass (Wimbledon 1988 and 1990 and Australian Open 1985 and 1987) and two on hard courts (US Open 1991 and 1992).

His career accomplishments will certainly earn Stefan a place in tennis history. Those fortunate enough to have witnessed his rise to greatness will never forget this professional Swedish tennis player.

Famous male tennis player: Boris Becker

Famous male tennis player: Boris Becker

Few players have ever taken Wimbledon by storm like the famous male tennis player, Boris Becker did in 1985 when he was only seventeen years old. Winning the title that year took a lot of people by surprise, including those who’d been favored to win. German tennis player Boris Becker was not only the youngest tennis player ever to have achieved the title at Wimbledon, but also the first unseeded and the first German player ever to accomplish the feat.

I seriously doubt too many people took him seriously at the outset, but as the tournament progressed, more and more tennis experts were taking note. His signature maneuver, a huge serve, earned him the nickname “Boom-Boom”. His play was aggressive, diving and throwing himself into the grassy surface to make volleys immediately endeared him to fans. His heavy forehand and deadly serve return also played major roles in his rise from obscurity to superstardom.

While many considered that first Wimbledon win a flash-in-the-pan, he shut the mouths of those detractors by coming back in 1986 to repeat his dominance on the grass courts of Wimbledon.

During the period stretching from 1985 through 1993, Boris Becker as never out of the top ten and in January of 1991, he became the world’s number one male tennis player after winning the Australian Open. At Wimbledon, he enjoyed victories against such rivals as Ivan Lendl, Kevin Curren and, of course, his long-time rival, Stefan Edberg. In Edberg’s defense, he did best Becker for two titles, one in 1988 and another in 1990.

Boris Becker’s last visit to Center Court at Wimbledon came in 1989 on the heels of a win at the US Open. Boris Becker’s amazing career leaves a legacy of promise to young tennis players everywhere. He proved that, if you are good enough, you don’t need to be a ranked player to win at the biggest tournament in tennis.

First Serve, Second Serve

First Serve, Second Serve, Schultz-McCarthy

A tennis player picks a ball, takes it into the air and hits it diagonally into the opposite service box to start a point. Yes! It is the tennis serve which starts the game for a player. A ball needs to cross the net and fall on the opposite service box. It’s all good as long as the ball crosses the net. Having a good serve is the biggest advantage for players as it helps them to get a hold of their game and not give it away easily. The fastest serve record has been made by Andy Roddick who served at 249.5 km/h (155 mph). In women’s tennis, Venus Williams and Brenda Schultz-McCarthy scored the fastest serve at a speed of 209 km/h (130 mph).

There are many different styles of serves which are played in tennis. The most common are the first and the second serves. Along with them, flat serve, slice serve, topspin serve, topspin slice serve, and American twist serve are typically played in tennis. Let’s have a look into the technicality of the first and the second serve.

The rules are no different for the first and the second serve, only the tactics differ. The first serve is all about the power, deception, and skill the player has in striking the ball, either by pushing the opponent in the disadvantageous zone or out-righting him/her. This creates a chance for winning the point. The second serve usually pops up after the double fault, which forces the player to hit with higher curve or less power. Typically, this is not the most favorite serve for the tennis players.

Simple difference, isn’t it? Players like Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg, Goran Ivanisevic, Roger Federer, and Pete Sampras are few of the players with powerful first serves.